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Plans for a metal recycling facility near Redruth are thrown out by planners

By WBjridge  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

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Cornwall planners have thrown out plans for a fourth scrap yard on the outskirts of Redruth.

EMR, the biggest metal recycling company in the country, wanted to build a recycling facility on the United Downs industrial estate, between Carharrack and St Day.

The application prompted a lot of local opposition from residents, parish councils and the three existing scrap yards, who trade within  a short distance of each other.

Today, members of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee went against their own officers' advice and turned down the application.

They decided by eight votes to one that it was inappropriate use of industrial land.

The site already has planning approval for six industrial units and they felt these would create more employment than the six positions proposed by EMR.

Planners felt the proposed metal recycling centre would have put jobs at the existing scrap yards at risk.

And it would have been off putting to other businesses considering moving to the estate to be near the already approved geothermal energy facility.

Planners decided that facilities as proposed by EMR should be closer to the A30 or other trunk roads.

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  • Cknocker  |  April 23 2013, 11:11PM

    Personally I have no strong feeling whether it should be refused or not - however I would agree with the councillors - there is no need for another scrapyard. The problem is this: - The officers could see no good planning reason to refuse approval, the councillors have gone against it, which is going to leave it wide open to appeal - IF a planning inspector agrees with the officers (Which he most likely will), guess who's getting the bill? It won't be the three existing scrapyards that the councillors have tried to protect! I'm not blaming the councillors with this, its the system they are working with, which ultimately makes the planning committee irrelevant EXCEPT when they approve against the officers recommendations - when there is very little scope for appeal.

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  • jimjams2011  |  April 23 2013, 10:06PM

    "An interesting attempt by the author of this article 'WBjridge' to try and portray European Mental Recycling in a light to give them some sympathy with descriptions of them as 'the biggest' and talk of the members of the council who 'went against their own officers' advice' This article could almost be from the PR Team of EMR; who lets face it have been very busy last year. There has been numerous deaths since 2011 at their facilities. The health and safety executive Mike Gibb described their plant as an site "a recipe for disaster." I remember, Linas Matailis, Lee Shepherd and William Ward. These could easily have been cornish men. EMR: also do not care about how their plants affect their local community. Ask the people of Weston-Coyney or the people who live near Sharpness Docks who have described their lives as 'unbearable'. The Environment Agency (EA) reported one complaint a day and the price of the locals houses plumetted. As would the people of Weston-Coyney who are currently fighting against a seven foot high fence being put up that they describe as the berlin wall!!"

  • jimjams2011  |  April 23 2013, 10:04PM

    An interesting attempt by the author of this article 'WBjridge' to try and portray European Mental Recycling in a light to give them some sympathy with descriptions of them as 'the biggest' and talk of the members of the council who 'went against their own officers' advice' This article could almost be from the PR Team of EMR; who lets face it have been very busy last year. There has been numerous deaths since 2011 at their facilities. The health and safety executive Mike Gibb described their plant as an site "a recipe for disaster." I remember, Linas Matailis, Lee Shepherd and William Ward. These could easily have been cornish men. EMR: also do not care about how their plants affect their local community. Ask the people of Weston-Coyney or the people who live near Sharpness Docks who have described their lives as 'unbearable'. The Environment Agency (EA) reported one complaint a day and the price of the locals houses plumetted. As would the people of Weston-Coyney who are currently fighting against a seven foot high fence being put up that they describe as the berlin wall!!

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  • jimjams2011  |  April 23 2013, 9:48PM

    'metal recycling company' or junk yard? Love the emotive attempt by the author of this article 'WBjridge' to try and draw out sympathy for EMG. This companies safety record is appalling. Linas Matailis died while working at European Metal Recycling plant in Kilburn. (Oct,2012) Crash investigator Mike Gibb, from the Health and Safety executive, told the inquest the site was a recipe for disaster. on October 12, 2011 William Ward, 55,when employee of European Metal Recycling, died when the side of a steel barge he was dismantling fell on him. In Feb 2011 Supervisor Mr Lee Sheppard, 26, was declared dead after going missing at Metal Recyclings plant in Harlesden, North London in 2003. On this occasion it was said that The chamber's de-gasser was not working and anyone entering it could have been knocked unconscious and then crushed. When the company is running its operations smoothly, at so many plants they end up in court taken by local residents due to excessive noise or wanting to erect unsightly large fences.

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